Friday, November 11, 2016

News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 43


As the United States works to deal with the widespread trauma caused by the election of Donald Trump, we in the Global Justice Movement have a much better way to spend out time and efforts: working to restructure the social order so it doesn’t matter how bad elected officials may be, the people are in charge and are giving the orders again . . . something that can happen only with widespread capital ownership:

Everybody wins under a Capital Homestead Act
• The big news this week is that Donald Trump was elected as next president of the United States.  yay.  Our reading of the situation is that most people did not so much vote for Trump as against Clinton.  The only question remaining is what the heck it means.  Regardless which one won, the only thing that’s going to turn things around is the Just Third Way, applied in a Capital Homestead Act as soon as possible.
• As if to underscore the moral and philosophical bankruptcy of American Academia, a number of colleges and universities cancelled or postponed exams due to massive psychological trauma endured by students shocked by the fact that “their” candidate didn’t win.  This makes it even more obvious why something along the lines of “Justice University” is essential.
Dr. Norman G. Kurland
• Today the CESJ core group attended a presentation by Dr. Norman Kurland at the Brigham Young University Washington Seminar.  The presentation was on “the Just Third Way,” and the students were very attentive and asked a great many insightful questions.
Hilaire Belloc's Servile State
• The Perth Herald-Tribune has published “The New Servile State.”  Back in 1912, Hilaire Belloc wrote of the Servile State in protest over the Fabian socialist demand that everyone be required to labor for wage income as the only legitimate means to make a living.  Fabian George Bernard Shaw went so far as to declare that anyone who refused to work for a living should be killed (we hope he was exaggerating).  With advancing technology, however, the problem shifts from finding enough people to do all the work, to finding enough work for all the people.  The way to address this problem is not “job creation,” but “ownership creation,” so that people can own the technology that is producing goods and services with a minimum of human labor.  The Perth Herald-Tribune now has half a dozen articles from the Just Third Way perspective from CESJ’s Director of Research.
• A number of the recent postings on social credit and solidarism (separate topics) have been attracting a much larger than usual readership.  In particular, yesterday’s posting on the limited role of the State under solidarism and the Just Third Way was picked up and shared by the Saint Thomas More Society and Australian Conservative News.
• CESJ’s latest book, Easter Witness: From Broken Dream to a New Vision for Ireland, is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as by special order from many “regular” bookstores.  The book can also be ordered in bulk, which we define as ten copies or more of the same title, at a 20% discount.  A full case is twenty-six copies, and non-institutional/non-vendor purchasers get a 20% discount off the $20 cover price on wholesale lots ($416/case).  Shipping is extra.  Send enquiries to publications@cesj.org.  An additional discount may be available for institutions such as schools, clubs, and other organizations as well as retailers.
"I AM smiling!"
• Here’s the usual announcement about the Amazon Smile program, albeit moved to the bottom of the page so you don’t get tired of seeing it.  To participate in the Amazon Smile program for CESJ, go to https://smile.amazon.com/.  Next, sign in to your account.  (If you don’t have an account with Amazon, you can create one by clicking on the tiny little link below the “Sign in using our secure server” button.)  Once you have signed into your account, you need to select CESJ as your charity — and you have to be careful to do it exactly this way: in the space provided for “Or select your own charitable organization” type “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington.”  If you type anything else, you will either get no results or more than you want to sift through.  Once you’ve typed (or copied and pasted) “Center for Economic and Social Justice Arlington” into the space provided, hit “Select” — and you will be taken to the Amazon shopping site, all ready to go.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 58 different countries and 46 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Italy. The most popular postings this past week in descending order were “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,”  “Aristotle on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “Popes are the Craziest People,” and “News from the Network, Vol. 9, No. 42.”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least those that we know about.  If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.”  If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you.  All comments are moderated, so we’ll see it before it goes up.
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